Originally created 12/22/99

Moss returns to form, and so do the Vikings



EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Randy Moss didn't get mad when his team's owner ripped him for his inconsistent, listless play.

He apparently just got tired of being bored.

Moss returned from back-to-back lackadaisical games with a two-touchdown performance Monday night that lifted the Minnesota Vikings past Green Bay 24-20 at the Metrodome.

"I like big games, that's how I'm made," said Moss, who caught five passes for 131 yards and set up the game-winning touchdown with a 36-yard grab as the Vikings (8-6) snapped a two-game skid and restored visions of defending their NFC Central title.

Moss's big night came a week after Vikings owner Red McCombs criticized the second-year star for dropping too many passes and walking away from a defender after an interception that was ultimately nullified by penalty.

McCombs' criticisms were the first public gripes from the organization this season about the moody Moss, who has sulked on the sideline, nonchalantly cut off routes when the plays weren't designed for him and dropped at least four potential TD passes.

But Moss said he wasn't bothered by the boss's blunt critique.

"He's our owner. He owns me," Moss said. "He owns our coaches. He owns Coach Green. And I think he's entitled to say anything he wants to."

Moss admitted he's been moping at times this season after a sensational rookie season.

"I really don't want to say bored," Moss said. "I think I'm just being too relaxed. There have been times when I've been bored, just dragging along and stuff like that. I don't think mine is moping around in a bad way. It's just how I feel on game day."

Moss's night wasn't perfect. He fumbled away a punt for the second straight game, and this one led to a touchdown that gave Green Bay a 20-17 lead early in the fourth quarter.



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